What's Happening at C. H. Booth Library

Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains Simplified

The media is full of coverage of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies, but what does it all mean? This workshop will explain key terms and ideas to give you a fundamental understanding of the concepts that matter. Matthew Krieger is the presenter. 6:00 networking, 6:30 program. Please register.

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The Story of Ferdinand with members of the Waterbury Symphony

Members of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will present a musical interpretation of , 'The Story of Ferdinand,' by Munro Leaf, Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 pm in the library meeting room.   Cyrus Stevens plays the violin and Don Fiftal narrates the story.  For all ages. Register online.

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Creating Musical Readers for ages 2-6

Members of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will read a beloved children's story and use their instruments to bring the story to life Thursday at 10 am:  October 11, October 25, November 1 and November 11 in the library meeting room.  Children will also have a chance to play the musical instruments after the story.  For ages 2-6 with an adult caregiver.  Register online.

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Music Dynamics with Brad Peterson

Join Newtown resident and music educator Brad Peterson, Friday mornings at 11:30am in the library's meeting room, September 28-October 26.  'Music Dynamics” features finger plays, nursery rhymes, poems, songs, circle games, dances, stories and much more. Each activity is designed to help children with pitch matching and steady beat skills, as well as helping them with their early language arts development. For ages 2-6 with an adult partner.  Register online.

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Road Scholar

Monday, November 5th at 2:00 in the Meeting Room. Road Scholar (formerly ElderHostel) is a non-profit organization all about enabling older adults to keep learning through educational travel opportunities all over the world. To hear more, please register.

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Calligraphy Class for Beginners

Tuesday, October 9th from 4:30 to 6:00 in the Meeting Room. We will learn the basics of Blackletter Calligraphy using large scale materials (all are provided), and finish with a project. This program is for adults and teens. Please register.  

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Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb with Tinky Weisblat

Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00 in the Meeting Room. Author and singer Tinky Weisblat shares her enthusiasm for the tart red stalks that pop up every year in her yard. Presented by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and Newtown Arts Festival. Please register, so Tinky knows how much food to make!  

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Main Street Replica

An October Arts and Humanities Activity for the Newtown Community Starting on September 25, 2018 Sponsored by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and the Cyrenius H. Booth Library Architecture brings together art and engineering, utility and design. The Cultural Arts Commission and C.H. Booth Library are offering an activity that combines architecture and local heritage, with a dab of technology mixed in, as part of National Arts and Humanities Month. Members of our community are encouraged to join ...

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Meet the Animals from the Stamford Nature Center for ages 3 and up

Saturday, September 29 at 2:00 pm in the library meeting room.  Get up close and personal with a wide variety of animal visitors from the Stamford Nature Center.  A museum educator we’ll introduce children to the wonderful world of animals and to the amazing diversity in the animal kingdom.  Children will have the opportunity to touch many of  the animals and maybe even hold one! Register online.

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PreK-PE for ages 3-5

Meets on Wednesday afternoons:  October 3-November 7 at 4:00 pm in the library meeting room.  Under the guidance of certified PE teacher MaryFaith Blank, children will play fun games and practice gross motor skills while learning how to interact with their peers in a group setting.  Register online for each class you plan to attend.  Register online for each class you plan to attend.

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Kids Cooking Classes for ages 7-10

Meets Saturday, September 22 from  3:00-4:15  pm in the library meeting room.  Celebrate the flavors of fall by making homemade apple crisp, pear scones and cranberry sauce. Participants will bring home all of the dishes they make. A $5 ingredient fee is due on the day of the program.  Register online.

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Science Saturday: Weather Forecasting: Gr. K-2

Meets Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 pm. in the library meeting room.  Gayna Swart, MS will lead informative, fun and interactive programs designed to expose children to the most fascinating aspects of science. Every month children will focus on a new topic:  9/15:  Weather Forecasting, 10/6: What's in Your Mud Pie?, 11/10:  Light and Shadows, 12/19:  cooking up Science.   Register online.

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Connect With the World: Learn a Language With Mango

Need to brush up on your French? Always wanted to learn Chinese? Practicing your English skills? Or, just maybe you're looking to prep for September's Talk Like A Pirate Day... Do all this and more! Visit the library any time to access Mango Languages, or use your library card to log in 24/7, wherever you have internet access, and you can hone those language skills. Click here to get started!

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S.C.A.N. Art Show

The Society for Creative Arts of Newtown has an exhibition in the Gathering Room on the second floor of the library through Wednesday, September 26th.

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Newtown Historical Society:Coming to America

September 10, at 7.30 PM in the Meeting Room. Immigration, walls, intense vetting, all are hot button topics in today’s America. Come listen to the stories of four Newtown residents that arrived here from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Sometimes the routes were circuitous, the motives varied, and all will share their experiences with the audience. Refreshments will be served following the program. For further information please call the Society at 203-426-5937, or visit ...

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Genealogy Club of Newtown: Ten Best Free Genealogy Websites

Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 in the Meeting Room. Penny Hartzell is the presenter. With this collection of free genealogy websites, you can do most of your genealogy, plus you will find out where to use fee based sites for free. This will be live online, so bring your laptop if you would like. Come early to converse with other genealogists and enjoy some light refreshments. All are welcome.    

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Autism Awareness Film & Discussion Series

We'll be showing a series of (mostly) documentaries every other month on the first Thursday, with time afterward for discussion. No need to register, just come to the Meeting Room at the noted time. October 4th at 6:30: Temple Grandin is a biopic about an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. December 6th at 7:00: Swim Team chronicles the struggles and triumphs of three young athletes with ...

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Prabha Makayee will be meditating every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 in the Gathering Room (except on 9/30, when she will be in the downstairs Meeting Room). Anyone is welcome to ask her how or to join in. All are welcome.

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Wowbrary is Back!

Do you want to find out about newly released books, movies, and more, that you can get right here at the library? Then you'll definitely want to check out Wowbrary. Sign up for e-mails to see what's new each week, and browse the weekly lists online. Don't miss out when the library gets new titles - stay in the know with Wowbrary!

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Living Creatively: A Workshop

Thursday, September 13th at 2:00 in the Meeting Room. Learn to see life with fresh eyes, through guided imagination, exploration of the senses, free writing and collaborating. Keith Torgan will lead us to take our central life stories and turn them into songs. Not only does this experience assist us in accessing our creativity - it's empowering in other areas of life, leading to greater awareness and satisfaction. No musical or writing ability is required. ...

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Newtown Turkey Trot 2018

Thursday, November 22, 7:45 AM at the Newtown Middle School. Don't miss it! This year marks the 9th annual Turkey Trot, benefiting the Cyrenius H. Booth Library! The 5K course includes scenic downtown Newtown, with almost a mile of historic Main Street. Click for details and to register...

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East Meets West: From Japonisme to Impressionism

  Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 in the Meeting Room. ArtScapades will look at two of Japan’s master printmakers, Hokusai and Hiroshige, and will then move on to discuss their influence on well known names of the Impressionist movement including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam. Wine and cheese will be available. Please register.

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Stupendous Prodigies: Mozart and Mendelssohn

Thursday, September 13th at 7:00 in the Meeting Room.While the name Mozart is synonymous with the word prodigy, Mendelssohn is often ignored in the conversation; but he was no less extraordinary, and composed masterpieces when he was much younger than Mozart. Jeffrey Engel will compare the two youngsters and let you decide who was the more remarkable. Please register.

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Read to Tucker

Independent readers of all ages can register for a 15 min time slot to read aloud to Tucker in the children's story hour room,  Thursday afternoons from 4:30- 5:30 pm.  Tucker is a 4 1/2 yr old standard poodle who lives with his poodle sisters and human parents in Newtown.  Now that he is a certified therapy dog, Tucker is ready for his new adventure as a reading buddy for children. Please indicate your time ...

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Computer Tutor

Mondays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Get one-on-one computer help on Mondays. Schedule an appointment in person at the Reference Desk, by phone at 203-426-8552, or by email at boothref@chboothlibrary.org

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